The Dirty 30: What's Your House Hiding?


Do I have your attention? Are your listening to me? Because I keep beating the drum, people. The antique & collectible market is heating up. Whatever the reason, be it nostalgia or just getting your green on, the fact is, collectors are back at it. What could this mean to you? A few extra bucks in your spare time or simply converting to cash those lost treasures hiding in the closets, attics and basements of America.

My hope is today’s "Dirty 30" just might inspire you to brave a few mothballs, clear out the cubbies or begin the family scavenger hunt.

Have a quick surf through the today’s list. I’ll be curious to find out if you don’t already own one or more of these potential hidden gems.


1. Games

What? Yes…. its a fact that vintage board games, as well as the retro handheld video games are highly demanded in the second-hand market. An original 1933 Charles Darrow Edition of Monopoly recently sold at auction for $146,500. And sure, this is a super rare variation but to illustrate much more recent examples, such as the 2013 Monopoly South Park Edition is fetching over $200. The fact is, there are so many board games out there, that today command higher prices than their original retail. Many after only a few years as they become out of print and nostalgic to their generation.


Tip: Always double-check to verify a game is complete before you put it up for sale. You may have forgot why your mom put in in the attic. You ate one of the dice… With the electric handheld vintage games, inspect the condition of the battery compartment.

2. First Edition Books

Rare books are highly prized and sought after. Many today believe they’ve gone the way of the Dodo. Its quite the contrary. The fact is people have been unknowingly discarding them. Adding to scarcity. It seems the move to digital is driving up, the real thing. Sites like Biblio, Abe’s and Worthpoint can help find & value your editions. Condition, demand and scarcity are the driving forces. Book have several other factors, such as, is it am Advanced Reading Copy, a First Edition, a Rare edition, a signed copy, and so on. I just know there are hidden gems everywhere and many some cases, being eaten by silverfish. What ever the case, take some time and have a look at those "scratch off lottery tickets."


3. Hubley Cast-Iron Doorstops